Mondo

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Though about a little boy, this beautifully photographed bit of fluff from Tony Gatlif ( LATCHO DROM) is entirely too slow-moving for kids. Its charms are most likely to be appreciated by patient adults with long attention spans and a high tolerance for saccharine. Mondo (Ovidiu Balan), as his name suggests, is a child of the world, a homeless street urchin...read more

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Though about a little boy, this beautifully photographed bit of fluff from Tony Gatlif ( LATCHO DROM) is entirely too slow-moving for kids. Its charms are most likely to be appreciated by patient adults with long attention spans and a high tolerance for saccharine.

Mondo (Ovidiu Balan), as his name suggests, is a child of the world, a homeless street urchin who one day appears on the boulevards of Nice. He lives on the streets, befriends a few impossibly kind shopkeepers and lovable street people like himself, and dreams of having a home and family of his

own. Mondo is just as likely to spend his nights shivering in a rain-soaked back alley as he is to awake in a lush garden, feasting on pomegranates and sipping morning dew. With the exception of the police and an occasional pesky pederast, there seems to be very little wrong in Mondo's world. (If

one must live on the streets, Nice really isn't the worst place to be.) Gatlif based his screenplay on a short story by respected French writer J.M.G. Le Clezio, and one gets the impression the beneath the naive surface there lurks some very subtle parable about refugee life. But Gatlif strives so

hard to maintain an air of mystery and childlike wonder that he ultimately severs any direct tie to significance. Aside from the pleasures of a few fabulous images, it's difficult to fathom what any of this is meant to be about.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Though about a little boy, this beautifully photographed bit of fluff from Tony Gatlif ( LATCHO DROM) is entirely too slow-moving for kids. Its charms are most likely to be appreciated by patient adults with long attention spans and a high tolerance for sa… (more)

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